Duke University allows Muslim ‘Azan’ for Friday prayer

M. Akhtar, Ph.D.

DURHAM, N.C. — Tuesday,January 13,2015.School officials said. A weekly call-Azan, to prayer for Mu...

Holidays’ names stricken from next year’s Montgomery schools calendar

Holidays’ names stricken from next year’s Montgomery schools calendar By Donna St. George November 11 at 6:34 PM Tthe Montgomery County Public Schools building is seen in this file photo. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) Christmas and Easter have been stricken from next year’s school calendar in Montgomery County. So have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Montgomery’s Board of Education voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to eliminate references to all religious holidays on the published calendar for 2015-2016, a decision that followed a request from Muslim community leaders to give equal billing to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha. In practical terms, Montgomery schools will still be closed for the Christian and Jewish holidays, as in previous years, and students will still get the sam...

Lobbying : A menace or Necessity for democracy?

Lobbying: A Menace or Necessity for Democracy? Exposition 2. Mohammad Akhtar,Ph.D, President of MCA Lobbying is an American phenomenon, which is new to Muslim migrants. They find it novel but more than that, they find it puzzling. We know bribery is wrong and illegal because an individual gives money to another individual for self- serving purpose that is against the collective interests. But in a similar way, if an individual or group gives money to another individual or group that is similarly counter to the interests of the larger segment of society, it should be equally wrong or illegal, regardless of the money involved being a big amount and given openly rather than secretly as done in bribery. If it is small money transacted between two people, it is considered theft. If it is...

Spying on Muslims is legal?

By Arjun Sethi

Originally published on CNN Feb. 26, 2014:


Arjun Sethi is a lawyer in Washington and a frequent commentator on civil rights and social justice-related issues. Follow him on Twitter: @arjunsethi81

(CNN) -- Muslims in America just lost their right to privacy. Last week, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that blanket suspicion-less surveillance of Muslims is permi...

Responses to Obama’s Affordable Healthcare: Issues and Proposed Solutions

Comments by Three Thinkers identified as D, C, and B

March 23, 22014

1. By “D”

I am someone who doesn’t mind paying taxes as long as it’s done fairly and equitably. Which is one reason why I strongly oppose ObamaCare. Individuals who make less than about $15,000/year get totally free health insurance, i.e. Medicaid, at the expense of the taxpayer, and individuals who make less than about $45,000/year get heavily subsidized health insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. These subsidies are paid for by those of us who pay full price for health in...

A Model of Health Care in Cuba

A Model of Health Care in Cuba: What can we learn from it? M. Akhtar, Ph.D The New England Journal of Medicine published Drs. Campion and Morrisey’s report on their recent visit to Cuba in January 2013. The article makes several startling observations, which addresses many of the concerns American have expressed with regard to their medical care. The debate around healthcare spanned decades and has reached its most recent zenith under the Obama administration. The latest political solution has been focused on universal healthcare coverage, which has raised questions on the adequacy of health care as well as the associated cost. In this back drop, a review of the Cuban system was thought to be relevant because it does provide universal coverage to its citizens going beyond minimum co...

Elections 2012

Aslam abdullah,Ph.D Vice President,MCA, Editor of Muslim Weekly Observer. Director of the Center,Las Vegas The November 2012 Presidential election is not yet another electoral ritual. It is not just a regular contest between the Democrats and the Republicans. It is not just a showdown between Obama and Romney. In fact, it is also not about economy or jobs or recession. It is about the direction of the future of America and the world. Don’t laugh and don’t think it is an exaggerated observation when you read that the direction of the future of America and the human civilization would depend on how the 169 million Americans vote. If it were a context between the registered Republicans and Democrats, the outcome is already pre determined. Some 86 million register...

Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform: We’re Not Done Yet Dr. Walter Tsou , former health commissioner of Philadelphia, a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org) Published on Friday, June 29, 2012 by Common Dreams Note: It is vital for Muslims to participate in the political System . There are many key issues that are going to be in the focus in the coming elections, we need to educate ourselves so that we vote intelligently. MCA is picking Healthcare as one chieh issue for Muslims education and clear thinking for many reasons .If we follow Islam, our heart bleeds for poor people who have no health care. Single Payor is the promising solution (wait for an article on it in the next issue) . May be some other solutions are better.We invite Americans generally and Mu...

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